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August 4, 2013

Q&A: Lackey talks Boston, guitar, baseball, football, food, more

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Smitty: What has this year been like for you?

Lackey: First of all, it’s been great just to be back pitching and then to be pitching well and then to be pitching in a playoff race, it’s been about as good as I could have envisioned. Because I put in a lot of hard work over the past year and a half. So it’s nice to see it paying off.

Smitty: Are you a video-guy when preparing for an upcoming start?

Lackey: The day before my start I try to watch at least two games in the last week of the team I’m about to face the next day. So yes, I guess I am a little bit of a video guy. It’s something I’ve done since Anaheim a little bit. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while.

Smitty: What’s the most important stat for a pitcher?

Lackey: There’s way too many stats these days.

Smitty: You’re more of a pitcher who just goes out of there and ...

Lackey: Try to win the game. Yeah. Yeah. (laughing).

Smitty: Who were some pitchers who helped you along the way when you were younger?

Lackey: I had some good guys when I was a rookie. Aaron Sele was a guy who really took me under his wing and took good care of me. He taught me a lot of different stuff on the field and off the field — how to tip and how to be a big leaguer.

Follow Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith on Twitter @SmittyOnMLB.

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